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I.M.F. Urges El Salvador to End its Embrace of Crypto as Bitcoin Tumbles.
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I.M.F. Urges El Salvador to End its Embrace of Crypto as Bitcoin Tumbles.

The price of Bitcoin has fallen more than 50% from its peak in November, which could prove costly for institutions that have bought into digital currencies.

Tonga Faces Weeks of Digital Darkness
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Tonga Faces Weeks of Digital Darkness

After a huge volcanic eruption severed the island country's lone connection to the global Internet, a difficult repair job, delving deep into the ocean, lies ahead...

Security Flaws Seen in China's Mandatory Olympics App for Athletes
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Security Flaws Seen in China's Mandatory Olympics App for Athletes

Canadian cybersecurity watchdog Citizen Lab has detailed encryption flaws in the mandatory smartphone application China created for Winter Olympics athletes.

Tales From Crypto: A Billionaire Meme Feud Threatens Industry Unity
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Tales From Crypto: A Billionaire Meme Feud Threatens Industry Unity

A dispute over "web3" in the cryptocurrency industry was publicly exposed in a Twitter spat between Jack Dorsey and Marc Andreessen. Here's what it's all about....

AT&T, Verizon Delay 5G Service Near Some Airports
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AT&T, Verizon Delay 5G Service Near Some Airports

AT&T and Verizon said they would not activate the new 5G service within two miles of some runways, in line with a request from airline officials.

Microsoft Warns of Destructive Cyberattack on Ukrainian Computer Networks
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Microsoft Warns of Destructive Cyberattack on Ukrainian Computer Networks

The malware was revealed as Russian troops remained massed at the Ukrainian border, and after Ukrainian government agencies had their websites defaced.

Economists Pin More Blame on Tech for Rising Inequality
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Economists Pin More Blame on Tech for Rising Inequality

Some economists blame escalating inequality on the automation of tasks formerly done by humans, in addition to excessive technology investment and supportive public...

Everybody into the Metaverse! VR Beckons Big Tech
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Everybody into the Metaverse! VR Beckons Big Tech

Many believe mainstream use of the metaverse will be realized only when cumbersome augmented reality headsets tare replaced by lightweight eyeglass-like alternatives...

Buying Influence: How China Manipulates Facebook and Twitter
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Buying Influence: How China Manipulates Facebook and Twitter

Inside a Chinese propaganda campaign.

Navigational Apps for the Blind Could Have Broader Appeal
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Navigational Apps for the Blind Could Have Broader Appeal

New apps designed specifically for blind and low-vision people could also have mainstream appeal.

Are Apple AirTags Being Used to Track People, Steal Cars?
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Are Apple AirTags Being Used to Track People, Steal Cars?

Concerns are mounting as Apple's location-tracking AirTag devices are being found on people's cars and in their belongings, giving rise to fears of stalking.

Navigational Apps for the Blind Could Have a Broader Appeal
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Navigational Apps for the Blind Could Have a Broader Appeal

A proliferation of new apps designed to help blind and low vision people could prove useful for everyone.

Banks Tiptoe Toward Their Cloud-Based Future
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Banks Tiptoe Toward Their Cloud-Based Future

Cloud computing is slowly changing how Wall Street banks handle their business, but concerns with security remain.

Former Facebook Executive Pushes to Open Social Media's 'Black Boxes'
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Former Facebook Executive Pushes to Open Social Media's 'Black Boxes'

The co-founder of CrowdTangle has been working with Congress on legislation to make tech companies disclose their inner workings.

Killer Robots Aren't Science Fiction. A Push to Ban Them Is Growing
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Killer Robots Aren't Science Fiction. A Push to Ban Them Is Growing

A U.N. conference made little headway on limiting development and use of killer robots, prompting stepped-up calls to outlaw such weapons with a new treaty.

Telehealth Became a Lifeline for Older Americans. But It Still Has Glitches
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Telehealth Became a Lifeline for Older Americans. But It Still Has Glitches

Medicare has extended coverage of remote health care. While telehealth removed barriers to care for many during the pandemic, some say there is more to be done....

This Robot Looks Like a Pancake, Jumps Like a Maggot
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This Robot Looks Like a Pancake, Jumps Like a Maggot

Researchers designed a soft, legless robot that can hop and navigate obstacle courses.

Your Face Is, or Will Be, Your Boarding Pass
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Your Face Is, or Will Be, Your Boarding Pass

Many biometric identification innovations use facial recognition.

A Bitcoin Boom Fueled by Cheap Power, Empty Plants, and Few Rules
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A Bitcoin Boom Fueled by Cheap Power, Empty Plants, and Few Rules

Cryptocurrency miners are flocking to New York's faded industrial towns, prompting concern over the environmental impact of huge computer farms.

U.S. Military Has Acted Against Ransomware Groups
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U.S. Military Has Acted Against Ransomware Groups

The head of Cyber Command said a new cross-functional effort has been gathering intelligence to combat criminal groups targeting U.S. infrastructure.
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